Whiskey was first introduced to Ireland by the Irish Monks. They discovered the art of distilling from the Egyptians who used similar stills for perfume. The monks started distilling for medicinal purposes. This is where the saying “water of life” first originated, in the Irish language „Uisce Beatha“.
In Ireland whiskey is often kept as part of the regular “first aid kid” to help cure stomachs bugs, the flu or toothache, to name but a few.